A 245 mile walking challenge takes place this month supporting the military charity Walking With the Wounded's 'Walking Home for Christmas' campaign. 

The Tidworth Royal British Legion Football Team will start the challenge on December 14 and within each team, there will be serving personnel, and veterans. Children of serving soldiers from Wellington Academy in Ludgershall will also participate.

They will all provide continuous laps of a 400-metre circuit over 36 hours. 

Salisbury Journal: Taking on a 245 mile challengeTaking on a 245 mile challenge (Image: Tidworth Royal British Legion)

Team captain Jay Clibery said: “We have supported Walking With The Wounded for several years through various charity events. It is a charity close to our hearts."

Team captain Shaun Smith added: "This year we wanted to do something bigger and better than we have ever done before with each team walking 245 miles in 36 hours, no easy feat! If you can support our cause and this amazing charity, please go to the link below. Every little helps.”

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The 245 miles is symbolic as it mirrors the journey from Tidworth to Frelinghein in France as it marks the location of the 1914 Christmas Truce football match. 

Contributions have been made by various sources including Forest Green Rovers, Williams F1 Team, Aston Martin F1 Team and Northampton Saints Rugby Club as well as from others. Wellington Academy is also providing extra support by organising a fundraising day with all proceeds going to the Walking Home for Christmas challenge. 

Smithy Court Retirement Home - which is the retirement residence of team member Jay's grandfather is offering additional fundraising through ticket sales for their New Years Eve party with proceeds being divided between this charity and another of their choice. 

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The charity Walking Home for Christmas is now entering its 10th year and has raised almost £2m to help veterans and families through programs encompassing mental health support, employment opportunities and care coordination services. 

This year, the charity is asking the public to embark on a meaningful walk to show their support for Britain's veterans. People can register for free and raise a minimum of £5 and receive a branded Santa hat. 

The campaign takes place from Saturday, December 9 to Wednesday, December 20. 

To support the Royal British Legion team, click here walkinghomeforchristmas.com